And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
These last few months when we have been sheltered in place, have increased a sense of purposelessness for many. Limited in our ability to connect with family and friends, we wonder how to love on neighbors beyond asking how they’re doing, praying for them, and offering to do a shopping run for them.
- Children are out of school. They haven’t been able to play with their friends for some time.
- Young adults have missed being in class with their colleagues.
- Employees work from home and miss the camaraderie and stimulation that being together in the workplace brings.
- We watch church on Facebook Live or Zoom and miss the hugs and face to face greetings we usually give and receive.
Many parents are doing all in their power to enhance their children’s online learning and develop creative, fun activities for their kiddos.
But my brother, a retired police officer, tells us the incidences of abuse and domestic violence are increasing significantly. People feel the pressure of our current social isolation.
And while we need to address social justice issues, it feels like the quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to be more open to conflict, confrontation, and aggression–on both sides!
God’s Word assures us that His purposes will be accomplished. I find myself asking “God, what is Your purpose in all this turmoil? What is it You want to change in my heart, and in our nation and the world?”
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.Proverbs 19:21
When we focus on God, our perspective shifts from our own fears, concerns, actions, to watching for ways to get on board with his purpose and plans. One day all men–believers and unbelievers alike–will bow before Him in all His glory.
I read of a police officer who was afraid. He asked Siri (on his smart phone), “How can I be saved?” Siri directed him to the Billy Graham online site, where he learned how he could have a personal relationship and peace with God (https://peacewithgod.net/). God is at work through this time. Let’s not lose sight of what he wants to do in and through us.
God has not promised to remove the storms from our lives; but he has promised to be with us in each of them.
So let’s start a dialogue: